PBS’s ‘Inside Washington’: Single-Payer System Solves ObamaCare Woes

Even before the disastrous ObamaCare launch, many conservative pundits have said the so-called “Affordable Care Act” was the first step toward a single-payer, universal healthcare system in America.

On PBS’s Inside Washington Friday, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Politico’s Evan Thomas both advanced single-payer as the solution to all that ails us with host Gordon Peterson agreeing (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

During a lengthy discussion about ObamaCare’s woes, Shields said, “There is an answer to it. It’s a two-word answer: it’s called single-payer.”

A few minutes later, Thomas said, “We’re going towards single-payer. It’s just a question of how we’re going to get there.”

Shields and Peterson both agreed saying, “Yeah.”

NPR’s Nina Totenberg seemed dubious, but when has she been right about anything?

After all, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in August that he felt ObamaCare was just a step towards single-payer.

This of course raises the question: is it possible the disastrous rollout of the health insurance exchanges was intentional?

Before you scoff, consider what appears highly likely:


  • The vast majority of people that will successfully purchase insurance through the exchanges will be currently uninsured sick people that need coverage.
  • A tremendously small percentage of the healthy young people necessary for the system to “work” will enroll.
  • Millions of Americans will lose health insurance they had before the plan was implemented due to their policies not being acceptable under the new law.

This could result in millions of Americans suddenly in desperate need of coverage, far more than prior to the law being enacted.

President and Obama and the Democrats ride in as the white knight with the plan to rescue the nation: single-payer.

The problem is that they’ve demonstrated such incompetence up to this point, will there actually be enough desperate people in the nation willing to let the gang that couldn’t shoot straight take over the entire healthcare system?

With folks such as Peterson, Shields, Thomas, and the rest of the single-payer-loving media leading the charge, the answer sadly might be “Yes.”

Be afraid, ladies and gentlemen. Be very afraid.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.